Geographic

  • Governments mull greater geo gTLD powers

    … with other parts of the ICANN community, mainly the GNSO, on geo names, to avoid overlap and conflict further down the line. The GAC has a working group looking at the issue. It hopes to have something to recommend to the ICANN board by the Copenhagen meeting next March. Tweet Tagged: gac, geographic, ICANN, icann 57, new gTLDs …

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  • DCA fails .africa evaluation

    … ruling stating that ICANN erred by accepting the advice with no explanation, compelling ICANN to put the DCA application back into evaluation. After a six-month review, the Geographic Names Panel has now concluded that, duh, nobody supports DCA’s bid. ICANN has now changed the status of DCA’s application from “Not Approved” to “Will Not Proceed…

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  • Tata’s bid for .tata gTLD scuppered by Morocco

    … with Morocco is to blame. While Tata Group is a 150-year-old, $100 billion-a-year company, Tata is also a province of Morocco with a population of about 120,000. Under the rules of the ICANN new gTLD program, the string “tata” is therefore a protected geographic name, for which the applicant needs to show the unequivocal support or non-objection…

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  • Africa hands coffin nails to DotConnectAfrica evaluators

    … The African Union and a United Nations commission have formally told ICANN that they don’t support DotConnectAfrica’s bid for .africa. When it comes to showing governmental support, a necessity under ICANN’s rules for a geographic gTLD applications, the UN Economic Commission for Africa was DCA’s only prayer. Company CEO Sophia Bekele had…

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  • ICANN finally publishes THAT .africa letter, makes me look like an idiot

    … program’s Geographic Names Panel at InterConnect Communications. The GNP took the letter as an official endorsement of ZACR’s bid, enabling it to pass the Geographic Names Review and proceed to the next stage of the program. Having seen (and published) the signed AUC letter, I opined here in July that it looked like it had been mostly been written…

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  • ICANN will post more uncensored .africa info

    … exhibits showing exactly what ICANN did to oil the gears for ZACR’s application. Due to Kieren McCarthy’s articles at The Register and ICANN’s subsequent admissions, we know that ICANN staff drafted a letter that the African Union Commission could use to express its support for ZACR in the correct format. However, the IRP exhibits that would give…

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  • Most governments keep restrictions on country names in new gTLDs

    … Just one out of every 10 governments in the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee is happy for people to register its country name in new gTLDs. That’s according to a new GAC database detailing which countries want to keep tabs on how their names are being used. Out of 80 GAC members contributing to the database, just eight have said registries…

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  • New gTLD program thrown into chaos as ICANN loses .africa case

    … ruling, especially coming as ICANN seeks to extricate itself from US government oversight, because it implicitly calls on ICANN’s board to treat GAC advice with much less deference. What’s the backstory? DCA and ZACR have competing applications for .africa, which is a protected geographic string. Under new gTLD program rules, only an applicant…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 12 readers -
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